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18 More Nonprofits Receive Grants from Greater Pike Funds to help support local arts, culture, healt

Johanna LjungQvist-Brinson (Delaware Dancers), Jane Bollinger (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support), Claudine Luchsinger (Barryville Area Arts Asso), Jeffrey Stocker (American Readers Theatre), Dennis Lee (Dingmans Ferry Theater), Group Photo: From left: Veronica Coyne, Darrell Berger, Michelle Markey, Jerry Weinstock, Max Brinson (Black Bear Film Festival), Kristen Muller (Peters Valley School of Craft), Jeff Rosalsky (Pocono Educational Environmental Center), Rose Chiocchi (Pike County Public Library), Sarah Clauss (Ritz Company Players), George Moon, (Pike County Developmental Center), Antonio Perito (Pike County Hands of Hope), Martha Dubensky (GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center), Fred Weber (Pike County Historical Society and Museum). Contributed.

MILFORD - The second round of grants from the Richard L. Snyder Fund at Greater Pike Community Foundation totals more than $47,000 and benefits not-for-profit organizations that support maintaining and enhancing the public areas of the Borough of Milford; sponsorship of local arts, culture, festivals and events; and medical research.

This latest round follows grants of $22,000 issued in June to six area nonprofits—grants dedicated to helping address the COVID crisis in the greater Pike County area.

Grant Committee Chair Maryanne Monte said, “These grants are so important to the community, especially in the midst of a pandemic. We are grateful that Richard Snyder’s generosity has helped support our not-for-profits both with the hardships caused by Covid-19 and with a broad range of missions that make our community a great place to live.”

Normally, Greater Pike would gather the recipients at a Fauchère Hotel reception. This year, the Foundation is acknowledging the great work these nonprofits do with a virtual reception in the form of photos of the grantees to be shared online and in print.

Among the grantees is the Hanna Q Dance Company. Director and President Johanna LjungQvist-Brinson said the grant “is very important” to her company because “it’s been a challenging year.” LjungQvist-Brinson believes, “People need to see art. It opens hearts and minds.”

LjungQvist-Brinson has been rehearsing performances in Central Park. She is grateful the grant will allow her to create and choreograph a contemporary ballet based on the “Red Riding Hood” fairy tale.

Liz Torkildsen, executive director at Pike County Developmental Center thanked Greater Pike for its “generosity and support to assist in funding programs of The Life Skills Enrichment Project” which she noted will “enhance the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities residing in Pike County.”

Black Bear Film Festival President Max Brinson is appreciative. He said, “We can’t operate without generous grants and donations from the community.” The funds will help produce the Black Bear Film Festival as a drive-in event this year, so up to 100 cars can enjoy the festival safely in the face of the Covid-19 threat. “There will be a free online festival with streaming short films and feature films playing at the drive-in,” Brinson added. “This is such an unusual year…people are nervous about getting together and what we’re presenting will be a way for them to participate in the Black Bear Film Festival.”

American Readers Theatre (ART) also received a grant. Director and Founder Jeffrey Stocker said it will be used to produce an original play that Milford Historical Society Museum Curator Lori Strelecki is writing about the night of Lincoln’s assassination. “ART is thankful for the support of Greater Pike Community Foundation,” said Stocker. “This is the third play in our ‘Living History Series,’ which is time consuming since after it is written, we must begin the editing, staging and rehearsals.” He noted how, the late Richard Snyder, who was on our Board of Advisors, “always nurtured our new plays, so we are very grateful to continue in his memory.”

Grants also went to Barryville Arts Association, Dingmans Ferry Theater, Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County, Milford Enhancement Committee, Milford Music Festival, Peter’s Valley School of Craft, Pike Artworks/Milford Readers and Writers

Festival, Pike Autism Support Services of NE Pennsylvania, Pike County Historical Society and Museum, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Ritz Company Players, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support, Tri State Chorale, Milford Music

Festival/ Milford Presents.

Greater Pike Community Foundation helps individuals, families and local businesses to provide a permanent and personal way to give back to the community. For information on the different kinds of funds, visit https://greaterpike.org/1-create-a-fund/ or contact Jenni

Hamill at jennihamill@greaterpike.org.

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